Philosophical Statement About Classroom Management
According to Vanderbilt University (2020) “A Teaching Philosophy Statement is a purposeful and reflective essay about the author’s teaching beliefs and practices. It is an individual narrative that includes not only one’s beliefs about the teaching and the learning process, but also concrete examples of the ways in which he or she enacts these beliefs in the classroom”. A Teaching Philosophy should present ideas about the teacher you aspire to be. However, it should also be honest about where you are in your development, appreciating the work you still need to do in professional development to deliver on the ideal objectives you aim for. For this course, you are expected to write (only one section) of your Teaching Philosophy. This section includes your beliefs related to classroom management. Reflect on the topics we have focused on this semester and share your beliefs on the following: · The value/importance of classroom management overall (and why you feel this way) · Your beliefs about student/teacher relationships and parent (family)/teacher relationships · Your beliefs about the importance of intentional classroom design and how it impacts learning · Your beliefs about creating and abiding by rules/expectations · Your beliefs about the importance of classroom procedures · Your beliefs about how to and why we should motivate students · Your beliefs about misbehavior, consequences, and levels of consequences This can also include some broad statements about what you believe constitutes good teaching and effective education. Below is a segment from Colin Haysman’s sample classroom management plan’s section for a philosophical statement: I am committed to making my classroom a safe and challenging environment and engaging my students through the curriculum as well as getting to know them and interacting with them one-on-one. I believe that meeting the needs of my students is a very crucial part of my classroom. I want them to be comfortable with the other students, as well as me, so that there can be meaningful discussions and interactions. Talking will be commonplace in my classroom, along with group work. I want to encourage all students to participate in class so that they can learn from each other as well as me. I want to have a democratic and equitable classroom so that students can learn. I want to be a fair as I can be, so the students trust me.